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Epic Games today paid Apple $6,000,000 in royalties, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said on Twitter. As part of the ruling in the ongoing Epic v. Apple legal battle, Epic was last week ordered by the court to pay 30 percent of the revenue that it collected from the Fortnite app using its illicit direct payment option.

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Back at the start of the dispute between Epic and Apple, Epic added a direct purchase option to the Fortnite app, skirting Apple's in-app purchase rules. This violation of Apple's App Store guidelines led Apple to pull Fortnite from the App Store, and directly after that, Epic filed its pre-planned lawsuit.


Though Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store shortly after Epic violated the in-app purchase rules, Epic Games was still able to collect payment from customers that had already installed the app and were actively using it. During the time period that the app was available prior to a Fortnite update that made it unusable, Fortnite made $12,167,719.

Epic Games was forced to pay 30 percent of the $12 million total that was collected between August 2020 and October 2020, plus 30 percent of revenue collected from November 1, 2020 through the date of the judgment, in addition to interest, which is where the $6 million fee comes from.

In last week's ruling, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers determined that Apple did not have a mobile gaming monopoly, and the lawsuit largely went in Apple's favor. Apple has been ordered to allow developers to add "buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms," which will let developers provide payment options other than in-app purchase in their apps.

Apple lawyers called the verdict a "resounding victory" that validates the App Store business model, but Epic Games was unhappy with the outcome. In a tweet, Sweeney said that the ruling wasn't a "win for developers or for consumers" and that Epic would continue to "fight for fair competition among in-app payment methods and app stores for a billion consumers."

He also said that Fortnite will not be returning to the App Store in the near future. "Fortnite will return to the iOS App Store when and where Epic can offer in-app payment in fair competition with Apple in-app payment, passing along the savings to consumers," he wrote.

Over the weekend, Epic Games filed an appeal against the ruling, so the dispute between the two companies is far from over. Apple has yet to decide whether or not it wants to appeal portions of the ruling.

Article Link: Epic Games Pays Apple $6 Million as Ordered by Court
 

IamTimCook

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"Though Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store shortly after Epic violated the in-app purchase rules, Epic Games was still able to collect payment from customers that had already installed the app and were actively using it. During the time period that the app was available prior to a Fortnite update that made it unusable, Fortnite made $12,167,719."

Fortnite made $12 million in less than 3 months on the App Store with just the people who loaded the questionable upgrade? And that's after the game was already dying down. How much did they potentially lose while being off the App Store?
 
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Epic Games today paid Apple $6,000,000 in royalties, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said on Twitter.
The headline overstates. This sentence does not. Emphasis mine.

Sure, it's probably true. But I don't know why we're giving them the benefit of the doubt at this point.
 
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Sasparilla

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It'll be insteresting to see if Epic tries to put the two versions (iOS and Mac) back to working for the users.

Wow Epic really isn't going to bring either platform, Mac or iOS, back? I guessed he might, thinking he possibly killed both forks back at the start, but to see him actually do it! What a huge amount of money and customer goodwill he just ran over, again, with a tank - what a (insert descriptive adjective of choice here).

I would assume Apple was going to approve the game coming back since it would look good on their side in many ways (and they had offered to since the beginning). (making no mistake if Job's were in charge Epic would never be allowed on either platform again - seems like Epic has taken that quandry out of Apple's hands)
 
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It'll be insteresting to see if Epic tries to put the two versions (iOS and Mac) back to working for the users.

I would assume Apple would approve it since it would look good on their side in many ways, but we'll see. (making no mistake if Job's were in charge they would never be allowed on either platform again)

Apple has already said no to Epic’s attempt to put it back in the iOS store, because Epic refuses to follow the store rules.
 
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It'll be insteresting to see if Epic tries to put the two versions (iOS and Mac) back to working for the users.

I would assume Apple would approve it since it would look good on their side in many ways, but we'll see. (making no mistake if Job's were in charge they would never be allowed on either platform again)
I’m curious how they were able to push the update that added the payment option in the first place. Aren’t app updates curated, especially with big games like Fortnite?
 
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"Fortnite will return to the iOS App Store when and where Epic can offer in-app payment in fair competition with Apple in-app payment, passing along the savings to consumers,"

So when I go to the shop to buy a pair of shoes, I should be able to buy the shoes from the shop who are stocking the item for you, giving them a cut, or buy directly from you "in fair competition", cutting the shop out, even though I bought them from that shop and that shop has paid the overheads on stocking and selling your shoes for you. And then you brand it as "passing the savings along to consumers"

This Sweeney guy is off his head.
 
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